A crescendo within music builds, growing louder, bigger and bolder. Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s grassroots social club is doing just that! We welcome new concert-goers to orchestra events around town, from Quizmaster Live Music to MSO Crash Course cocktail parties. Whether holding a bow at the instrument petting zoo or getting a behind the scenes take on an upcoming concert, come as you are; no musical experience necessary! Be moved by the passionate, bold and animated sound of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.  


    What do you get when you combine the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, an unexpected venue, tasty bites from a hot local restaurant, and event decor by Studio Gear LLC? An unforgettable evening. Come check out the wild side of the Milwaukee Symphony, up close and personal. 

    Secret Symphony at the Library | January 12, 2017
    Milwaukee Public Library - Central Branch

    Storytelling is the theme of the night, as the musicians of the Milwaukee Symphony and conductor Joanne Falletta perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Visit Ex Fabula and create a story at their “UltraShorts” booth, and be wowed by Tamarind Tribal Belly Dancing. The evening will include a menu of Middle Eastern food in honor of the signature piece. Sample the best of what our partners have to offer.

    Hosted by the Milwaukee Public Library

    We gratefully thank our program & event sponsors: The Milwaukee Public Library, Colliers International, WEC Energy Group, Sababa Milwaukee, Central Standard Craft Distillery, Ex Fabula, Rishi Tea, Studio Gear, Tamarind Tribal Belly Dancing, Third Space Brewing, White House of Music, and WMSE

    Secret Symphony at the Public Museum | March 18, 2017
    Milwaukee Public Museum

    The MSO heads to the Milwaukee Public Museum on March 18, 2017, where Astronomy and Astrology will battle it out. Experience Holst’s The Planets and check out the MPM planetarium—the first in the world to debut the brand new Digistar 6 technology. Explore the stars of Wisconsin with the Museum's astronomer. On the side of astrology, learn how to read tarot cards and meet palm readers and fortune tellers. Take a peek into your future!

    Hosted by the Milwaukee Public Museum

    We gratefully thank our program & event sponsors: The Milwaukee Public Museum, Central Standard Craft Distillery, The Milwaukee Pizza Company, Purple Door Ice Cream, Rishi Tea, Studio Gear, Third Space Brewing, Zilli Hospitality Group

    Crescendo Nights

    Join Crescendo for a blockbuster concert, stay for the afterparty! Neighboring restaurants and bars provide free appetizers and drink specials. Grab a late dinner, or stay to chat with a musician at the bar. 2016.17 Crescendo Night partners will be announced here as they are confirmed.  


    Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 | May 12, 2017
    Ale Asylum Riverhouse

    Chill on the Hill | June 20, 2017
    Partner TBD


    Check out what Crescendo has been up to!:

    • Gave hands-on string ‘lessons’ at the Milwaukee Art Museum’s After Dark’s “Frostbite Ball”
    • Held “Crescendo Night” for the MSO at the Pabst, in partnership with Yelp Milwaukee - with hands-on lessons, artist meet-and-greets, and local food/beverage samples
    • Taught Mayor Tom Barrett to play the violin on MKE Day
    • Partnered with Milwaukee Home on a special sold-out MSO edition t-shirt
    • Conceptualized Milwaukee Performing Arts City Tins edition, new for 2016

    And last season?

    • Secret Symphony: A sold-out pop-up concert experience in partnership with Sosh and the Safehouse.
    • Maker Faire 2015
    • Yelp Battle at Best Place
    • Quizmaster Live Music Style  @ the Milwaukee Ale House
    • Crescendo Night @ the MSO
    • Crescendo subscription coming soon: hand-picked concerts with an MSO musician to show you the ropes!



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